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Who Should I Draft?

J.T. Realmuto or Nelson Cruz (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
35 of 50 experts
30%
Recommended by
15 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 38# 43
Best Rank# 11# 25
Worst Rank# 84# 79
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 48# 85
Best Rank# 39# 64
Worst Rank# 52# 92
   
Projections 
   
Runs7676
Home Runs2334
RBI7989
Stolen Bases71
Batting Average.270.269
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 68
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 59# 61
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 40# 52
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 51
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 70
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 49# 79
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 34# 52
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 36# 76
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 38# 49
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 41
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 43
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 36# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 27# 56
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 39
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 37# 39
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 37# 44
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 27# 31
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 43
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 36# 45
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 43
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 35# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 38
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 39# 45
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 41
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 30# 60
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 42# 48
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 44
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 34# 39
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 42
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 30# 36
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 44# 47
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 36# 43
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 25# 65
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 30# 36
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 44# 47
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 35# 31
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 33
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 39# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 40# 37
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 41# 35
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 42# 36
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 43# 31
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 40
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 36
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 40
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 52
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 35
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 67# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 73# 57
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 84# 25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats173185
   
Runs3333
   
Hits4656
   
Singles2934
   
Doubles66
   
Triples00
   
Home Runs1116
   
RBI3233
   
Stolen Bases40
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks1625
   
Strikeouts4858
   
Batting Average.266.303
   
On Base Pct.349.397
   
Slugging Pct.491.595
   
On-base Plus Slugging.840.992
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats488495
   
Runs7676
   
Hits131132
   
Singles7975
   
Doubles2622
   
Triples21
   
Home Runs2334
   
RBI7989
   
Stolen Bases71
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks4057
   
Strikeouts120143
   
Batting Average.270.269
   
On Base Pct.326.344
   
Slugging Pct.475.524
   
On-base Plus Slugging.801.868
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is not in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against Robbie Ray and the Blue Jays. Andrew Knapp is starting behind the plate and batting sixth with both Realmuto and Harper out.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sun, May 16th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs in a 13-8 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, May 13th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto was removed from Saturday's game against the Blue Jays due to a wrist injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 16th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with two singles in a 9-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, May 12th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 0-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI in Friday's win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, May 15th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, May 6th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list, but he hasn't tested positive.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 13th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in an 11-3 loss to the Royals on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, May 1st
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto suffered a bruised muscle on the inside of his left knee in Tuesday's game against Washington.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 12th
Minnesota DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-2 with a run, an RBI, and two walks in a 9-1 win over the Royals on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, May 1st
Notes 
 Realmuto fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in mid-February, and is iffy for Opening Day. He is in a tier to himself among catchers when healthy, putting up consistently excellent numbers in what is the thinnest of positions. He had the highest barrel rate and hard hit percentage of his career in 2020, and also walked at a career-best pace. Realmuto is in his age-30 season, so that's getting near the point where catchers begin to decline. But given that he's shown no real slippage in his skills to this point, his numbers shouldn't fall off much in 2021, assuming he has no setbacks and returns on or around Opening Day. Back with Philadelphia now and for several years after signing a five-year contract, Realmuto is the only catcher worth drafting before the sixth or seventh round.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
If you ascribe to the "I'd rather jump off a year too early than too late" philosophy, then you probably haven't been drafting Cruz for the last several years. But if not, then you've not only drafted one of the most underrated fantasy bats in recent memory, but you're probably going to do so again this year. Cruz is back on a one-year deal with the Twins, and he's coming off another utterly dominant season. Fine, his strikeout rate rose again a bit, he didn't hit the ball quite as hard, and he's eligible at utility only. But other than the fact that he will be 41 years old this season, there's nothing in his profile that should cause you to expect significant decline. Prepare to be having the same debate next year, after Crus puts up another 35-homer season this year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Never be the first team to draft a catcher, words to live by.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy